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    commanteer

    I think the next James Bond should be a dog, especially a dachshund. That would really show how enlightened we are.

    Posted in: Time for black or gay 007, says Brosnan

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    In America farms have been consolidated and well organized.

    All that, and you left out the part about the million illegal Mexican laborers - without which US agriculture as you know would cease to exist. I did a comparative study of produce in the US and Japan, along with US farmers. The computerized sorting machines (yes, that's a big part of farming) in Japan were miles ahead of the US.

    Let's not even get into the incredible waste of water in California - a huge hidden cost.

    There is nothing at all magically efficient about US farms except the advantage of size and the widespread use of illegal labor. Personally, I think automation is preferable to illegal labor.

    Posted in: I was asked by farmers to create a robot that can carry heavy stuff.

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    The rich definitely need to be taxed more

    The problem with that sentiment is that the government keeps redefining "rich" as the money runs out. Before too long, anyone with a little savings and a nice house is considered "rich" and becomes fair game.

    Posted in: Death and taxes: New inheritance rules on foreign assets

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    Actually, the US is leading the way in this sort of market intervention. Japan and Europe are playing catch-up.

    Posted in: Japan ready to act if needed to quell market swings

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    I have very little money in 'money' in cash but I do have hard assets which cannot be devalued......

    Hard assets may be better than money in times like these, but they certainly can be devalued. Real estate prices can fall even during inflation if there is no demand. And a cash-strapped government may decide to tax and regulate those hard assets (real estate, gold) to the point that they lose as much value as the currency does.

    I don't know of any foolproof assets - all the more reason to spread those hard assets out. Maybe a few will survive unscathed.

    Posted in: Sinking currencies point to jitters about emerging economies

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    And what are Americans doing? (Painting yourself green and prancing about naked at a demonstration/street-party doesn't count.)

    I'm all for celebrities speaking out. As long as they realize that they will alienate some portion of their audience by doing so. In other words, they bravely sacrifice their career for their beliefs. If a celeb speaks out and their career doesn't suffer, then they probably said nothing of importance.

    Posted in: Japanese celebrities and politics

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    Would it make any difference if he did play around himself? Either way, people are going to cheat on their spouses - always have, always will.

    I do think he's losing a part of his soul, though, to be profiting by promoting something he doesn't believe is right. It takes a particular lack of personal ethics to write books about how cheating will save your marriage when he freely admits it would probably destroy his. At some point, we all need more than money to get us out of bed in the morning.

    Posted in: CEO of cheating website Ashley Madison says he's faithful husband

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    A combination of a complete failure in parenting and a sub-human creature with less value than a cockroach prowling the streets.

    Posted in: Police believe murdered girl, missing boy were taken near train station

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    Forced or not, it has an obvious ripple effect. One only needs to compare public or semi-public toilets in the US with those in Japan to see it.

    Posted in: Fukuoka high school baseball players are all class, immediately cleaning stadium after loss

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    Huh? Brits and "proper" cheese? Never heard of Britain being a hot bed of cheese production. Oh you much think "sliced-cheese" is "real".

    Some of the best cheese I've ever had is British farm cheese. You must be thinking of America, where I have yet to taste a decent cheese (maybe mostly due to USDA laws).

    I no longer need to bring anything back to Japan. Everything can be had online, including deodorant, spices, raw chocolate nibs, whatever. I don't want to waste my time in America shopping for basics that I can order online. The only exception might be shoes, as even if I order online I get hit with a 5000 yen import tax for each pair of size 33 shoes I import.

    Posted in: For our readers who live in Japan, what are some items you always make a point to bring back to Japan after you return from a trip abroad?

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    To be fair to Mao and the commies, they did, unlike Chiange, actually fight the Japanese...

    You have that exactly backwards. Mao has even been quoted as thanking the Japanese (tongue in cheek) for helping him take power by weakening the nationalist forces.

    Posted in: Chinese film on WWII summit lambasted online for distorting history

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    Does anyone on this thread have a clue about what a giant Caldera is? Please look it up.

    Congratulations on learning a new word. Keep it up.

    Posted in: Kyushu Electric says no special precautions needed over volcano

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    Star-viking, do you have a link for that 1GW figure? I can't find it. I have read where Japan is getting serious about geothermal energy, and we may be on the cusp of a geothermal boom.

    Posted in: Environment ministry objects to another coal-fired power plan

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    Japan is completely wasting all of its geothermal energy resources, which could go a long way in helping supply clean and domestically available energy. Apparently the reason there are so few geothermal power plants is local opposition. The opposition is mostly uninformed and certainly putting their own narrow interests above the public interest.

    Posted in: Environment ministry objects to another coal-fired power plan

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    Worth noting that the old people who decided to remain living near Chernobyl have been outliving those who relocated to safer areas by as much as 10 years.

    I'm not a fan of nuclear energy - I see it as a dirty stop-gap technology. But Sakurajima is virtually no threat to a facility so far away. The biggest worry would be excessive ash clogging the vents and machinery.

    Posted in: Japan raises eruption warning for volcano near nuclear plant

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    Ours is a ringless marriage as well. I never wore one, mainly because I hate wearing rings (or any other kind of jewelry). My wife stopped wearing hers after a skin irritation.

    A ring is not going to stop someone from having an affair. I have had a few friends tell me that wearing a wedding ring actually helps attract some women.

    I don't see the need to announce to the world "we are married!"

    Going in 16 years now. (As far as I know, there is no correlation between wedding ring use/disuse and divorce.)

    Posted in: Why don't many married Japanese men and women wear their wedding rings?

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    I once had some drinks at a nice house in the Hollywood Hills. It was owned by a young and soft-spoken but smart guy name Brian. Was surprised to learn he played the goofy Japanese guy in Police Academy. i wouldn't have recognized him if he hadn't told me. It seems to have paid the bills anyway.

    Posted in: Japan's 70-year struggle against Hollywood film stereotypes

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    left the boxes in an unlocked room

    This is all we need to know. Considering the hotel almost certainly had safes in each room, and certainly had a larger safe at the front desk for valuables, this was remarkable. They didn't even lock the door to the room??

    Generally, when people collect your valuables for safekeeping, we reasonably expect that they will make some small effort to them safe.

    Posted in: 340 wallets, 100 smartphones stolen at Waseda Academy's summer training camp

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    May as well vote Dem. The Dems are driving the country off a cliff, and the Republicans are just promising to do it a little slower. Anybody who says we should change direction has no chance of winning. So, I'd rather see the other boot drop sooner than later - then maybe, just maybe, the country can get its senses back and rebuild.

    Posted in: Republicans face uncertainty in White House race

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    Wow. With his record, in any other industry except Hollywood, he would be a total washout. If you are generally charming and engaging, Hollywood is the place to be. They'll forgive you for everything (except being a Republican).

    Posted in: Robert Downey Jr ranked world's top-earning actor by Forbes

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